Luscious thick perfectly seasoned pinto beans are easily in your grasp! This recipe for how to season pinto beans puts the POWER OF FLAVOR right in your hands! Learn how to season pinto beans with this quick guide!
PERFECTLY SEASONED PINTO BEANS ARE ALWAYS THE BEST CHOICE!
Everyone loves perfectly seasoned food and pinto beans are no exception! Simply following this easy guide for how to season pinto beans and it will put you on the right track for perfectly seasoned pinto beans every single time.
WHY THIS RECIPE FOR WORKS
- It’s EASY!
- Anyone can do it!
- This recipe is the right mix of smoky, salty, pepper and other in tune flavors.
- Perfect EVERY single time!
- You have some choices to make this your very own!
WHAT SEASONINGS DO I USE FOR HOW TO SEASON PINTO BEANS?
You will need to make sure you use the following:
After that, we have a lot of choices.
IF YOU MAKE SURE THAT YOUR BEANS HAVE SOME ELEMENT OF THE FOLLOWING, YOU WILL BE ON THE RIGHT TRACK.
You can use…
- Table salt
- Kosher Salt
- Himalayan salt
- Sea Salt
- Lemon juice
- Tomato juice
- Cayenne Pepper
- Sriracha Sauce
- Hot Sauce
- Hot Peppers
- Ham (Country ham doesn’t work as a source of fat here)
- Hamburger/ Ground Beef
- Fat back
- Ham bone
- Ham Hock
Umami (depth of flavor)
- Chicken broth concentrate
- Chicken broth or stock
- Onion (powder or fresh)
- Garlic (powder or fresh)
- Tomato paste
- Anchovy paste
- Bay leaf
- Ham bone
- Liquid Smoke
ADDITIONAL SEASONINGS TO CONSIDER FOR HOW TO SEASON PINTO BEANS…
Many people like the addition of the following seasonings to their pinto beans:
WHY IS SALT SO IMPORTANT IN SEASONING PINTO BEANS?
Without salt, beans can taste so plain that they are almost unbearable. The way to bring out the flavor is to use enough salt! Follow these tips when adding salt:
- Add salt during the cooking.
- After adding all of the other ingredients, taste the beans and then add more salt if you need to.
- Take extra care to make sure you have the correct kind of salt.
- You will use much less table salt than kosher salt. This recipe calls for kosher salt.
HOW CAN I SEASON MY PINTO BEANS WITHOUT SALT?
If salt is an absolute no no for you, then you will want to consider these other seasonings in learning how to season pinto beans.
- Mrs. Dash
- Morton’s No Salt (If you have to watch your potassium, this may be a no no as well, ask your doctor).
- Spicy flavorings such as Cayenne
- Onion flakes
- Low salt tomato paste
- Low sodium broth
- Liquid smoke
*** be careful of adding any pork to your pinto beans if you are trying to avoid salt. Remember that bacon and ham have a lot of salt already added to them***
HOW TO SEASON PINTO BEANS WITHOUT MEAT?
Simply use all of the seasonings listed in the recipe and instead of meat, add ½ a capful of liquid smoke and 1 Tbs of vegetable oil.
Consider adding a few of the other spices and herbs listed above for understanding how to season pinto beans.
TIPS AND TRICKS FOR SEASONING PINTO BEANS (FAQ)
- If you need to know ALL of the secret to perfect old fashioned pinto beans, I’ve got that post for you here.
- What about canned pinto beans? No problem, I took care of that for you here: How to cook canned pinto beans
- Are you interested in just stovetop cooking? Great! Here is a post called “How to cook pinto beans on the stovetop”.
- Put salt in your pinto beans while they are cooking, don’t wait until the end, it takes a LOT More salt to get them seasoned right if you wait till the end.
- Pepper, while a mild heat, is more for flavor so please add black pepper per the instructions.
- If you are a meat eater, you will want to add a more fatty piece of meat to these beans. A ham hock, ham bone, fatty bacon pieces, fat back or even a fatter bit of ground beef (don’t drain the fat) will work.
- Country ham, while tasty, doesn’t add enough flavor because it really doesn’t have much fat.
- You can add country ham, just supplement it with one of the other meat/fat selections.
- Add the amount of seasoning called for in the recipe and then when you are finished cooking you can add more if you need to.
- I really can’t stress enough how much the chicken broth concentrate helps. I specifically use this brand. You can get it in a vegetarian formulation as well. I purchase it at my local grocery in the broth and soups section. It is also available from Amazon ( the following photo is an affiliate link, if you click it you will go through to Amazon and can compare for purchase. Of course, should you decide to purchase, I get a commission which doesn’t change your price at all and I thank you very very much)
HOW TO SEASON CANNED PINTO BEANS
When cooking canned pinto beans, you will want to season pinto beans with
- Hot Sauce
- Salt and Pepper
- I have a recipe right here if you would like to follow it: How to Cook Canned Pinto Beans
HOW TO SEASON CROCKPOT PINTO BEANS
- Soak the beans overnight in the crock of the crock pot.
- In the morning, pour off the water from the beans and discard it. Sort through the beans and remove any that don’t look right.
- Place beans back in the crock pot and cover with 2 inches of clean water and add garlic and onion (you don’t need to cook them first) and proceed with step 4 as listed above starting at “add the…”.
- Set crock pot on low and cook for 8-10 hours or until beans are tender.
WHAT TO SERVE WITH MY PINTO BEANS ONCE I KNOW HOW TO SEASON PINTO BEANS?
I fully recommend the following menu with your pinto beans…
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How to Season Pinto Beans
- 1 16 oz bag of pinto bean
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 1 small yellow onion - diced
- 2 cloves garlic - minced
- 4 slices of thick cut applewood smoked bacon
- 1 tsp KOSHER salt less if you are sensitive
- 4 tsp chicken broth concentrate
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 tsp granulated white sugar
- Rinse the bag of beans well and remove any that look like they are past their prime. If unsure - chuck it.
- Pour the beans into a large bowl and cover with at least 2 inches of water and allow to soak overnight. Alternately, you can boil the beans at a steady boil for about 10 minutes before you begin to cook them. Whether you soak or parboil, pour the water off from this step.
- In a six quart stock pot on medium heat, heat the olive oil and saute the onion and garlic until they smell really good and the pieces become translucent.
- Remove the pot from the heat and add the beans, bacon, salt, chicken broth concentrate, one bay leaf and sugar and enough cool clean water to cover the beans by 2 inches. (If you are sensitive to salt, then you can always decrease the amount)
- Heat the beans on medium until they come to a light boil then reduce the heat to low.
- Stir the beans occasionally and don’t let them get to a strong boil. Cook until done. I tell doneness by tasting - you could also spoon some out and smash it in your fingers. If it is smashy- through and through - they are done